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The Disappeared Audiobook
The Disappeared
Written by: 
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Narrated by: 
Jay Snyder
The Disappeared Audiobook

The Disappeared: A Retrieval Artist Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Retrieval Artists help the lost find their way back home, whether they like it or not. Specialized private detectives, they investigate the most unusual crimes in the galaxy. But Miles Flint isn't a Retrieval Artist. He's just a cop, trying to do his job.

In a stolen space yacht, three people have been found eviscerated, the grisly signature of an alien vengeance killing. Moments later, the border patrol halts another ship launched out of the moon's orbit. Its passengers are two human children, kidnapped by the most ruthless aliens in the universe. Both ships are linked to a woman on the run: a Disappeared relocated to the inhospitable landscape of Mars. A reluctant outlaw with a bounty on her head and a detective on her case, she's about to teach all of them a lesson: it's dangerous to gamble with your life in a universe that rigs the game.

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What the Critics Say

"A masterful writer is at work." (Orson Scott Card)

"Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Detective Novels of all Time." (io9.com)

"If you love puzzle mysteries, crime novels, well-invented sci-fi worlds or stories about characters you can believe in and care about, you owe it to yourself to give Rusch's Retrieval Artist novels a try." (Orson Scott Card)

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    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13
    Dave Nelson Marietta, GA, United States 04-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The first of many"

    I chose this book based upon the reviews at Audible and they were right, it is a very good listen. Jay Snyder turns in a very good performance bringing the characters to life and giving each one a uniqueness that makes them come alive.

    This is the first book in a series that is currently up to 9 books, there is a lot of good reading here and it is a nice step away from the John Scalzi books I have been listening to.

    What I like most about this book is how clear the main characters motives are, they are driven by things that make sense to me, their emotions feel real and easy to understand. They are very human.

    In this universe Human’s have agreed to respect and uphold the laws of many different alien cultures. This has created a lot of problems for the police and the court systems because many of the alien laws, punishable in amazingly horrible ways, are not obvious to the humans who regularly break those laws accidentally by doing things that are not considered illegal by the humans.

    Those that find themselves in trouble disappear; they change their identities and their lives to escape the alien punishments that await them. They spend the rest of their lives on the run from both the human and alien courts.

    There are bounty hunters known as "Trackers" who hunt down the disappeared to bring them back to the courts while "Retrieval Artists" who search for the disappeared to help them in different ways.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 12-05-12
    Elizabeth 12-05-12
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    "Pretty good story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Disappeared the most enjoyable?

    The narrator brings some life to the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no. It's a pretty good story, but not rivetting


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but I don't think I would listen to other books in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fletter 06-28-08
    Fletter 06-28-08 Member Since 2014
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    "You will disappear into this book"

    The characters and settings are awesome! This is one of my favorite Sci-fi books and the reader does a great job.

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-11-12
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    "Good story but not thrilled with the narrator"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Jay Snyder’s performances?

    Mr. Snyder has a smooth voice, in fact I found it way too smooth and dramatic for my taste. I was always conscious that someone was reading and couldn't lose myself in the story. I kept thinking about the over the top deep-voiced narrators of action-flic trailers that are now parodied for other commercials.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was so happy to find a sci-fi series that I hadn't read yet and I am interested in the "world" that has been created by the author. I will listen to the next in the series and see if I can get over the narrator.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T.G. Hong Kong 06-22-09
    T.G. Hong Kong 06-22-09 Member Since 2016
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    "An imaginative and realistic universe"

    Great storytelling. Very efficient. Keeps you tuned in during the whole story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    gardener97 Atlanta 07-18-15
    gardener97 Atlanta 07-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Be very careful when you start this series"

    This is a highly addictive series. Ms. Rauch builds an excellent world with an excellent cast. The future amenities are things I wish we had now as they are not only very clever but possible too. Complex, well narrated stories. I have a love/hate with this series as not only is it the Retrieval Artist series but goes on into the Anniversary Day Saga series. This is a lot of books and none are in my local lending library. Oh my groaning purse. You probably know but if not: you can get the kindle books for a lot of these for 5.99 with an add on audible for 1.99. You will have to have them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 05-22-15
    Julie W. Capell Milwaukee, WI USA 05-22-15 Member Since 2007

    The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history

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    "Stopped after 3 hours"
    Would you try another book from Kristine Kathryn Rusch and/or Jay Snyder?

    I don't think so.


    What was most disappointing about Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s story?

    The writing struck me as uninspired, the plot too bogged down in legal and police procedures. Maybe people who are fans of police procedurals would like this story, but it just wasn't for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The novel has many characters, male and female, including children. The narrator presented them more as caricatures than as real people.


    What character would you cut from The Disappeared?

    None of the characters was engaging to me at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 04-20-15
    Kathryn 04-20-15
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    "Great premise. Wonderful story."

    More than sci-fi. More than a police procedural. Speaks to a universal story of understanding and interconnectedness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reading Tyme 03-14-14

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    "Enjoyed this book"

    A surprisingly good novel, The Retrieval Artist is a fairly well written meditation on law v custom extrapolated to truly alien cultures (and that the aliens are truly "alien" is something I appreciate).

    What happens when Humanity has to co-exist with creatures whose laws are alien who insist that while humanity is on their territory they obey them? And of course to "human" eyes most of the laws (a first born child to be surrendered to the Aliens is the judgement of choice for one species, a kind of execution by torture another's) aew extreme overreactions. How do human law enforcement officials follow these directives, what if any options do the "criminals" have? To disappear is one.

    The book is well written and plotted and I enjoyed it overall. The one thing I could have wished would be a little more from the aliens perspective, trying to deal with people who (pretty much universally of the cases presented in the book) seem to think that ignorance of the law should be a valid excuse.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 09-30-13
    Terijo AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to The Disappeared again? Why?

    perhaps not again


    What did you like best about this story?

    thevery novel take on alien legal interactions


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    he did well. As a narrator he disappeared which is what we want


    Any additional comments?

    It was an excellent premise to begin with - we meet the aliens, live side by side - and how is it we arrange legal matters between us, exactly?- this alone kept me entertaned. I was interested in the characters and the plot, too, however. I will be reading at least the next book in theseries.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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